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dealing a blow to big labor on 12-12-12, wednesday. you won't see that again for 100 years. i hope i'm there to say it. "squawk box" begins right now. good morning. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i've been here 100 years. becky is off, andrew association inwill report -- andrew sorkin will report coming up. a heck of -- >> no 13th month. did someone not think that through or something? >> you're right. we'll never see it again is what you're saying. maybe 1,000 years? >> i need to think about it. i need to think about it. i need to think about it. depends on who wrote it. if it was contino it's probably
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wrong. >> poor ross. all right. power players coming up. >> no 13th month? >> in the world of investing. carlisle's david rubenstein, steve shoresman blackstone, venture capital's marc andreesson, and jamie dimon. look at that -- >> in addition we have jerry webb. make us all -- the rest of us feel -- >> we have one -- >> you're an economist or something? you play on to have -- you can think about the 12-12-12 thing in the meantime because you're good at math. >> yeah. all that stuff. >> all right. as we move closer to the edge of the fiscal cliff, every move is being magnified by the markets. president obama and house speaker john boehner spoke by phone on tuesday, exchanging new proposals. the president gave boehner a revised offer on monday, reducing his demand for new tax
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revenue from $1.6 trillion to $1.4 trillion over ten years. boehner responded with a plan that largely sticks to his original offer a week ago. reports say the white house has told republicans it would include an overhaul of corporate taxes in any budget deal. that hasn't been done before. in an exclusive interview with barbara walters of abc news, president obama says he still expects a deal before the end of the year. >> i remain optimistic that there are enough people of goodwill in this town that recognize our economy will be much better off. american families will be much better off if we get this done. the most important thing we can do is make sure that middle-class taxes do not go up on january 1. and i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle-class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals. >> prediction -- are you going to be able to raise taxes, yes or no? >> oh -- taxes are going to go up one way or the other.
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>> they are? >> i think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on high-end individuals like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. >> you can see the rest of that interview on "20/20" this friday. markets are watching every move out of washington. the industrials opened higher by 45. the nasdaq would open higher by 10. the s&p 500 would open higher by six. and the fed wrapping up its two-day meeting this afternoon. its latest policy statement is expected at 12:30 eastern. that will be followed by a news conference at 2:15 p.m. the fed is expected to announce a new round of bond purchases as its last program known as operation twist set to expire at the end of the month. we'll have special coverage at cnbc of the decision and ben bernanke's news conference starting at 12:15. we'll talk to steve leaseman live later in the program. another story that you heard about yesterday, the -- you
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know, violence and death threats and blood and guts. big implications for big labor. that is michigan's decision to become a right-to-work state. thousands of protesters and union members converged on the capitol in lansing yesterday to object to the measure that would bar unions from requiring workers to pay membership dues and to join the union. governor snyder signed the measure into law. >> shouldn't the unionsing putting out a proposition that workers want to join a union? and shouldn't workers feel free to make that choice to say their dollars are going to the union or not based on they feel they're getting results? so that's what this is really doing. so that's why i view this as pro-worker, not anti-union. >> the right-to-work clause regarded as a big blow to organized labor which has seen membership decline across the country. down to private sector 7%. >> you think overall, isn't it, 7%? more than 50% of those work for the government.
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>> 7% and more than that if you go up, like -- i think it's 16% if you include -- 13 if you include public, which is -- where it is. a contentious issue. they point to what happened in indiana. you know, more jobs, better -- better economy -- >> i think the -- >> the right-to-work states seem to be -- it seems to have been born out that it's better for the overall state. better for all the occupants in the state when you go to right-to-work. >> you got somebody in the white house who's a big friend of labor. and yet they are losing on the state level in a lot of places. >> and he named some comment -- made a comment. i can't remember how he characterized what right-to-work laws do. but it seemed like sort of an overstatement of what we're talking about. >> i guess the only other side is this old-fashioned collective choice view or free rider problem. if you want to pay dues, i get
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the benefits, i don't have to ride along. it's not like it's a completely one-sided argument. >> right. you know where your contributions are going. you know exactly where they're going. they're ending up in someone's campaign who's a democrat. and and you're going to help elect -- what if you're a republican and work in the union and you don't want your union dues sent to -- it's a matter of personal freedom -- >> you also have to have the higher negotiators to -- listen, i don't -- i don't belong in a union. i'm not going to make a huge -- listen, i values it hire negotiators who will sit down with management. i want to hire competent people and lawyers -- >> a better option for all workers is to have the ability to say, i'm going somewhere else. don't need anybody to negotiate for me because -- >> that would be a wonderful thing. >> and that's how it's trending. >> talking about child labor and stuff -- like there's civil service laws that protect a lot of workers' rights at this
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point. and if we're competing globally with wage rates in the world, where they're not $50, $60, $70 an hour and you want to be competitive globally -- most controls, wage or price controls, dislocate the markets. and -- if you hurt the companies, you're also hurting their ability to hire more people and compete and to grow and everything else. >> i think in the age of big streelg, when you think of huge auto plants, it wasn't manageable -- >> st. clair lewis and -- >> being the nasty stuff. i mean, if i'm running a huge auto plant and i got thousands of employees, i don't want to have a bunch of different deals. i want one deal and want somebody competent on the other side or negotiating that deal for me. >> the decline in the unions in this country have had nothing to do with laws being passed really. it's been sort of falling under their own weight. it doesn't -- >> entrepreneurship. dividing up. and going into a service-driven
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economy where it's not big industry -- >> didn't fall from 50% to 60% to 70%. it was an effective thing. >> exactly. >> the idea of coercion. i mean, i think the governor's right. if you believe they provide value, you're going to put up the money. >> it reminded me on the waterfront. i don't want to talk about it on tv. anyway, "fast money halftime" rick snyder -- governor snyder -- >> not just talking about -- >> you unionized at work? >> union? >> no. >> you guys can't agree on anything. so -- >> right. the "fast money " -- >> are they unionized? >> no. >> the "fast money halftime report" will get 12-12-12-12-12-12. >> lucky. >> 12:00 hour, the 12th minute, and the 12th second.
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but i'm told that they'll probably be in commercial. which would be a real tragedy. i don't know whether they can change their break structure today. i would want to be there for 12-12-12-12-12-12. do you know who died? a couple of hours ago? robby shankar. 92 years old. >> really? >> i don't think we're allowed to play any beatles' music. although he didn't -- george learned how to play. we better try and check the markets. we'll try to play something. the most famous indian musician of all time. >> yoga -- >> they do? >> a -- >> from india. >> like the movie. he almost won -- ♪ >> guess what movie he almost won an oscar for -- >> what? >> not hard to figure out. "gandhi." >> oh. okay. all right.
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it's going to be 100 years until we get to 13-13-13. we'll add a month next year. rob, was that you? tell the truth. >> he's referring to copy he read earlier. >> am i wrong, is there a way in 100 years? how, what would it be? >> 12-12 of 2112. >> oh -- isn't -- all right. let's check on the markets. we're going to roll so i can see what's first. usually the futures. futures now in positive open. >> not next year. >> 100 years. >> right. >> that -- you know, fractional gains, half a percent gain, .3% gain for the dow. nasdaq would rise .4%. let's show oil. along with all the tension going on at the opec meeting in vienna now. you know, wti higher by 41 cents. 86.20 per barrel.
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london, 108.53. a gain of.5%. the treasuries and ten-year yield now is -- very close to 1.7%. decline of 1/8 point. the dollar is mixed across the board. 82.84 for every dollar. the pound would cost you $1.61. the price of gold this hour is higher by $5.20. a gain of .3%, 1,714 per ounce. time for the global markets report. kelly evans is standing by in london. >> michelle, hello. >> you might be here 12-12-2110. >> i think the date is 1221? today is 12-12. 12-21 it when the world ends. i think we've only got nine days left of the global market report. >> i'm worried about the fiscal cliff -- once we get the world -- which is worse? the world ending or the fiscal cliff? >> about the same i think. >> one could bring about the
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other. >> i think it's no accident they're both approaching. that's how i'm going to read the tea leaves. as you see, a mixed picture this morning. people mostly waiting on the fed decision later today. the major boards green, the ftse adding .25%. the same for the xetera dax and idex. we saw the news of monti's resignation on monday. they've recovered from then. wanted to show the ibex 35, up .3% in spain. there was an italian debt auction that went over well. that's helping sentiment. the owner of zara, one of the strongest retailers in europe, out with sales. you see that their shares are down. even though their nine-month sales figure was up 17% year on year, they said so far in the fourth quarter that figure was slowing to something in the range of 15%. so still a strong set of figures from inbitex. if you're concerned about the consumer, but not as strong as we have seen in the past. that's what's happening in
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spain. i want to draw your attention -- use guys were talking about unions. here's a union story that tells something about the rebalancing in the eurozone. potentially germany. we know with the xetera dax up .3%. and almost 30% this year. investors see if the euro project hangs together, it's going to mean renation in germany. that is some wage inflation, some price inflation. the public sector union verde, powerful union, along with some others with its contract up at the end of the year is asking, guys, for a 6.5% pay rise next year. it got about 2.5% for the last couple of years. it is on the public sector side but also an example of what kind of pay hikes we may see flowing through to the german economy. if that helps support spending, despite weak industrial production figures and concern about growth prospects, there may be some rebalancing toward the german consumer taking on more of the heavy lifting across the eurozone. so one to keep an eye on, guys. >> thank you very much. we shouldn't see that as the
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unions pressuring -- they probably are pressuring for higher wages, but there's been pressure on germany to drive more inflation in germany to help lift the southern part of europe. >> the outgoing president or chairman of the bank of england said, you know, if you're going to have countries with big deficits, reduce their deficits and people with big sur pluses will have to reduce surpluses. he didn't say germany, but that's who -- >> and pay everybody more money. >> they can buy stuff and go back on vacation in greece and all that stuff. >> do we count -- i'm getting -- there's nothing like this to get the twitterers going wild. 1-1-1 is -- 1-1-2001 -- >> 2001? >> yeah. >> yeah? >> 2101. >> yeah? >> less than -- >> you got a zero in there. >> less than 100 years. >> but it's 1-1-1 -- >> but 01 you'd write it probably. >> you would want to get to ten
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10-10-10. 10-10-2110. i had someone call me dummy and say -- >> you? >> yeah. said it's 988 years. then he called me a dummy. i tweeted back to the guy, i'm the dummy? i'm the dummy? 988 years? i'm the dummy? the fed is meeting today -- i admit it, i resemble that remark. you're with me, pal. the fed is meeting to discuss whether operation twist will expire at the end of the month. and jerry webman is here. >> i showed up. >> chief economist. >> and union member. >> a unionyist. >> honorary union member. so is leaseman actually. maybe you can -- >> the president -- >> maybe -- you probably with -- >> workers fly i guess.
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we are strong, solid, more than ever. >> you probably need protection. >> probably do. >> are you surprised at the 2.7 in the market and everything in the face of what we're telling people as such a horrifying possibility that the things have been -- the jobs number, we're going along pretty well, aren't we? >> we kind of are. i think sometimes we forget that -- that the market discounts economic stuff and doesn't discount political preferences. we also forget how well american businesses have done over the last four years. so it's been -- i think we'd agree, whatever side of the political divide you fall on, this has not been the friendliest possible situation for business. i think american corporations have done a terrific job of coping with a tough regulatory environment, a tough financial. the aftermath of this financial crisis. a lot of negative publicity. and made a lot of money. >> we want to rise above.
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do we not have a debt ceiling right after that? >> the debt ceiling. the interesting question whether they're going to roll -- >> here's what i think. we haven't talked about this. so i say president obama allows us to go over the cliff temporarily so that all the rates go up. then the democrats introduce a bill to lower it for 9 %, do some other stiff -- 98%, do some other stuff they want to do. then the republicans say fine but we've got to hold the debt ceiling, that's the next bargaining chip. i don't think we can use rides above for the debt ceiling because we don't want to rise above the debt ceiling. we have to come one new buttons -- >> pins, the whole thing. yeah. that is a dilemma. what a polemic -- >> constantino is cutting me off. you're going to hold that against me? all right. >> you can hear the voice in my
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head. >> yeah. he's mad because i attributed -- in fact, he was right. so -- sort of right. coming up, we'll be talking to you in a second. what's that? one in a row. you're right, bob. that's it. coming up, we'll head to vienna where opec leaders are talking crude prices and production. and what is the ceo of the world's largest retailer saying about the fiscal cliff? i bet he wants to rise above. find out your next question on "squawk box." twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations.
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welcome back. u.s. equity futures are suggesting a positive open. the dow would open 45 points, the dow 6.5. gains of .4% to.5% across the board. now the weather channel's eric fisher with the national forecast. eric? >> hey. good morning, everyone. our stormy weather for today is mainly across florida, in the dry season. st. augustine to jacksonville, the first coast dealing with rain. we've got some moving into the panhandle. and a wide view will show that basically the southeast, this is where we find most of the rainfall for today. southeast of atlanta, north carolina, south carolina, georgia or florida, this is where we're going to find the storms. going to be around for today, then tomorrow, most of this moves out. we get a break from all the storminess that we've been tracking here. by tomorrow afternoon, most of the area looking at drier, much cooler weather. cool's the name of the game across northeast midwest. everyone waking up to december for a change. we've got 20s and 30s on the map.
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teens in minneapolis. sub-zero numbers in international falls. most of this is what you expect. you get into december, you expect to be cold. you don't expect a lot of daylight. that's the forecast for today as we get toward new york. high around 43 degrees. buffalo up to around 38. boston, high of 40. into the midwest, we're warming up a little bit here around chicago. we've got temperatures working into the 40s today. 51 in st. louis. 38 in minneapolis. that's going to feel nice after a couple of days in the teens. here's the preview for the next storm. this arrives for saturday. mostly rain. snow across minnesota. northern wisconsin doesn't look like a major event. but for some of the ski areas, new york state up into new england, sunday, this could be a good-looking forecast. maybe some snow here. looks like rain down the city toward washington, d.c. too warm for snow out of this one. stay tuned. next wednesday, guys, could be talking about a nor'easter, it's been a while since we've seen one of those. >> oh, no. >> just want snow. it's not -- correct me if i'm wrong because i've been wrong, it's not winter yet, is it? i'm afraid to say how many days it is because i'll mess up the
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math. it's not winter yet. we -- >> it's technical. in weather world, winter starts on december 1. >> wally world? >> meteorological winter. weather world. not clark griswald. >> december 1? it is winter. >> according to the sun the start of winter is december 21. also the end of the world. maybe we won't see weather. >> that's right. that's right. it is. you know, the -- the vatican says the world is not -- i'm going to go with the vatican on this. >> as opposed to the mayans. >> yeah. >> pagans versus -- >> yeah. >> i think that's fair. i expect being here on the 22nd -- >> like the fiscal cliff. if you can't be an optimist, you can't show up. >> but if the end of the world is coming, we could stop talking about the fiscal cliff. that might be a relief. >> that would be the big -- >> right. it would happen before the -- >> yeah. >> right. that's first. >> okay. all right. thank you. i love our weather guys. >> they're chatty. can play ball. >> a bunch that we've been breaking in. >> you throw the ball, they throw it back. >> when you go to the local
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cutins, no one says anything. they've got to boom, boom. opec leaders meeting in vienna today. steve sedgwick -- steve sedgwick with more. steve? >> reporter: hey, just head the prompt. it's me in vienna. it does feel like winter, minus three here. but i can tell you that opec should be happy. it is producing nearly 31 million barrels a day. it's got brent over $108 a barrel. brent will be over $110 a barrel on average for 2012. for the first time ever. olympic making a trillion dollars in -- opec is making a trill dollars trillion dollars in oil. they're worry good oversupply going into 2013. they are concerned that the call on their oil is going to be less than 30 million barrels a day even though they're producing the best part of 31 million barrels ail day. surely they should be taking a little off the table if they want to keep it at current levels. the problem is they don't take
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any off the table officially. it would send out the wrong message politically. but there's a real concern that oecd inventories, the consuming, western nations, eventually got inventories above 59 days, which is the first time we've seen that in 2012. and it's above the average over the last five years. so there's concern that although prices are in equilibrium now, they'll go down in 2013. now, i tried to -- i spoke to the nigerians, all kind kind of people. and trying to talk to naeme, the big producer, efforts weren't very good. how are you, sir? what i look like? >> reporter: you look well, comfortable with the world i'll prices. happy with the volumes you're pumping at the moment. >> very good try. >> reporter: i presume you have no comment on the level of production, whether you need to take oil off the table, sir. >> no comment.
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>> reporter: okay. you're not going to do much trading on the back of those comments. it is something that the saudis want to remain behind the scenes at opec rather than in the limelight. the problem is we've got to have a new secretary general. the libyan who's been in the post for six years is retiring at the start of 2013. the iranians have tried to get m than in charge. as all the viewers know, there's a huge dispute in the middle east between the sunnis and shiites, iranians and saudis. and the saudis don't want an iranian in charge of opec. the saudis have had to put forward their own man, as well, to replace him. is there going to be a delay? i spoke toal badri. listen to what he had to say about that and oil prices. >> do not jump to conclusion. let us -- let us hear what the conference will say. >> in terms of the oil price, sir. appears ostensibly everyone's happy with the current price. would you say the storm clouds are brewing in terms of levels of inventories, the amount of
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supply needed from opec compared to what it's currently pumping? >> when you look at the political situation, the situation in the united states, the fiscal cliff, you look at a lot of factors, there are really -- they contradict each other. i don't know where the price will go up or go down. i think the price will stay the same for next year. i don't think the price will come down. yes, there is some -- maybe 59, maybe 30 million dollars day, five-year average. and that's 30 million barrel only, the five-year average, as far as the stock is concerned. the market is well balanced. >> as he said, contradictory signals. one for u.s. viewers on the statistics, u.s. in 2012, it's producing 6.5 million barrels of oil equivalent. that is the highest levels in 15 years. set in 2013 to produce over seven million barrels, the
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highest levels in 20 years. no wonder paperworkopec's worri demand. >> especially with the situation with shale and natural gas and everything. thank you very much. coming up, the fiscal cliff, the dividend tax rate, a power company ceo will tell us about his biggest concern if a deal doesn't get done by the end of the year. also, what the ceo of walmart thinks about that, as well. he had really explosive data. mike duke last night. we'll bring it to you. "squawk box" is coming back. what's next? he's going to apply testosterone to his underarm. axiron, the only underarm treatment for low t, can restore testosterone levels back to normal in most men. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18. axiron can transfer to others through direct contact. women, especially those who are or who may become pregnant, and children should avoid contact where axiron is applied
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back to "squawk box" on cnbc. i'm joe kernen with michelle -- there's no cabrera there. you add names, drop names. i don't know. she is -- you're a two namer now? the sorkin's out? >> caruso cabrera. >> do you want it? >> absolutely. >> in for becky quick. andrew ross sorkin is joining us in the next hour with a lineup that you won't believe. second to none power players in the world of investing. carlisle's david rubenstein, steve schwartzman, mark andreesen, jamie dimon among the people we'll be talking to. in the house of representatives, a busy day ahead for fed policy -- in the day ahead, a busy day for fed policymakers. fed expected to announce another bond-buying plan that will replace the expiring operation twist. it will also issue its latest economic outlook at 2:00 p.m. eastern followed by 50 minutes later by a news conference
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starring chairman bernanke. i bet you'll hear about the fiscal cliff. a couple of earnings reports of note out this morning. costco's reporting fiscal first quarter profit of 95 cents a share. two cents above estimates. the results helped by an increase in sales. also higher membership fees. and joy global earned $2.13 a share in its fourth quarter. that excluded items, estimates were for $1.91. its fiscal 2013 outlook was shy of street consensus. saying that excess mine capacity is going to hurt its results. speaking of the fiscal cliff, walmart ceo mike duke says the fiscal cliff debate is having an impact on consumers. speaking to the council on foreign relations last night, duke said what's going on in washington is affecting his customers' holiday shopping plans. >> the week before the election, only 1/4, 25% of our core customers even knew what fiscal
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cliff meant. one week after the election, it was up to 75%. now these same customers, 15% of our customers are telling us this discussion about fiscal cliff will affect what they spend on christmas. >> walmart shares trading near a 52-week high. i was at the event last night. there were -- >> you were? >> uh-huh. >> what was it? >> the council on foreign relations. >> really? >> i'm a member. >> yeah. you're kidding me. >> no. >> that's why you're our international correspondent probably. >> yeah. >> you got the chops. you got the -- >> yeah. there were 100 protesters outside last night. and i asked every single one udo you work at walmart. not one worked at walmart. i was just -- >> who were they? >> a lot -- looked like college students. >> yeah. >> approve eshl protesters. >> they said they had solidarity. i said if walmart people were so upset, why aren't they here? >> they're working. >> they got insulted with the
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question. they were mad at me for asking. >> is it a globalization thing? >> they were upset, one person was very upset with the way walmart treated pigs. something about the way they treated hogs or something. and then there were environmental issues. >> what -- they have supermarkets the way they do in preparing meat or something -- >> i -- i wasn't supposed to interact with them as a member. i couldn't ask a lot of questions even though i did. >> you shouldn't do that. you're a council member. >> press pass, right? >> i wasn't there as press. >> i see. you were there as a member. you weren't supposed to -- i see. >> okay. >> i got it. mike duke did mention the fiscal cliff. we're going to talk about it now. death and taxes among the things we're talking about. will a higher dividend tax rate essentially kill taxpayers at every income level? joining us to talk about this and more on the fiscal cliff is thomas fanning, chairman, president, and ceo of electric giant southern company. how does a utility, tom, how do
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you prepare for the uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff and these washington issues? i guess it's -- you know, in the back of your mind, but you got to run a business, don't you? >> sure. look, we plan with uncertasrcer all the time. our whoerizeons are 30, 40 years. there are big time economic horizons going on. one of the thing we're a indicator of is the future health of the economy. what we have seen is first quarter this year was a really good quarter. second quarter was okay. third quarter went to a dead stop in terms of economic growth. at least in the southeast. we have over 300 projects sitting on the shelf representing about 45,000 jobs. $15 billion of investment that is waiting to see how this fiscal cliff situation gets resolved. that will determine the future direction of the health of the economy, i think. >> dividend taxes are going up, tom. >> well, so here's the deal there. you know, there's this -- there's this notion that, well,
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we've got to strike a deal. and frankly, this isn't a republican issue or a democrat issue, this is an american issue. effects yaerve. we've got to -- affects everybody. we've got to reduce spending, that's clear. we probably have to be flexible on revenues. what we have to do as an outcome of this is to be for growth. when you think about tax policy relating to the dividends and can capital gains, that's all about growth capital. our industry spends about $90 billion a year or so every year on capex. when you increase the cost of capital like they're talking about with dividends and capital gains, that just slows everything down and causes companies not to commit long term. here's what we're for -- what we would like to see asson outcome is that there is parity between the tax rate of dividends and tax rate of capital gains. don't create an artificial incentive for investors to pick one or the other.
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secondly, keep those rates as low as possible. keeping them low makes us globally competitive as a nation and encourages businesses to commit to capex, grow jobs, grow personal income. >> wow. you're giving policymakers -- i had trouble with math with 1 12-12-12. you're taking policymakers maybe go up on the margial rates but deep the differential between ordinary income and capital gains and dividends and make sure that they're the same at that point. you know, simpson-bowles does a lot -- would simpson-bowles be okay with you if we went to an income would be 28% i guess, then maybe try to have some differential for capital gains and dividends? >> yeah. joe, i guess that's -- at "squawk box" before we went through these issues. i think the issue that we've got to think about it s this really -- at the end of the day what we
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need to drive for in tax policy is a whole comprehensive reform. well, that's not going to happen now. that's a 2013 issue. so one potential outcome that i think would work well for our industry is defer the whole decision on dividends and capital gains until we look at the whole comprehensive issue. and then we can kind of figure out what the right course of action is. to cherry pick any one issue at this point really doesn't serve everyone's interests as well as it can. >> are you optimistic that we're reading that corporate tax reform is on the table, to get really something don that front? >> well -- >> what do we want that to look like? >> michelle, that's an awfully big issue in a short amount of time. i've been very clear about what southern company is willing to do. so let's assume we keep what we have and keep normalization in place, going forward we would be willing to trade all of our tax preference items in exchange for certainty around a lower
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corporate income tax rate. the math for us from an indifference standpoint equals about 25%. >> well, go ahead -- >> well, yeah. i think it gets tough for these tax preferences. i think if -- i'm not sure that's the position most businesses are in because every one of those tax preferences is in there because somebody says if i get it i'll create jobs, if i get it, i'll -- i'll invest more. than if i don't have it. if i take it away, 50 people are going to lose jobs in -- in, you know, you name what city, in north platte. >> you heard him say that -- go ahead, go ahead. >> well, look. i'm a member of the business round table. we talk about those things. i'm co-chair of the finance committee for our industry group. these are enormous issues. and i guarantee you the math for southern is similar to the math for our industry, similar interesting interestingly for the management of industrial america. for the good of america, we know that there will be winners and losers.
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coming to resolution is good for the country. we've got to use that as our gie guide post. >> last year boehner and the president were at -- were at 800, that looked like it might get done on new revenue. then supposedly the president heard from -- read the tea leaves from some republicans and thought he could go up another 400 to 1.2. this time he started at 1.6, and now the new offer yesterday is reportedly 1.4. what can -- what can the country take do you think that won't hurt growth? is it 1.4 -- you got to raise the high end, you got do the 2% going to 39.6. then you got to do stuff with dividends and you got to do -- to get to 1.4, you're talking about maybe doing stuff with muni bonds. you got to go all over the place to get that number. >> yeah. and joe, look, i mean, any kind of tax increase has the effect of putting the brakes on the economy. we've got to reach a resolution between cost reductions and revenue flexibility. i would hope that marginal rates
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don't move that much. so that -- >> unless -- the only way to get there is to let all the bush tax cuts expire. if all you do is the top 2% -- >> that doesn't do anything. >> there's a lot of other stuff you have to do to get close to $1 trillion even. >> sure. sure. sure. >> and your dividends and capital gains are going to be part of that. yeah. now all right -- apparently we've got to run. i'm looking at your yield. what -- 4.5% yield on southern company. after tax, what is that 3,.5 or something? by the time we get done, you'll is to raise that about 100% to get the same after-tax yield. i hope you're willing to do that for a shareholder. >> let me hit this issue quickly. this is important. focusing on increasing tax rates and dividends hurts every investor. not just people -- >> i saw that. 100,000, 62% at 100,000 or less have something -- >> and they have already -- so get this -- our average
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shareholder age is 63 years old. >> a lot of it's tax deferred, isn't it, tom? >> i'm sorry? >> a lot of it's in tax-deferred accounts, 401(k)s -- >> joe, here's the deal. it's not just dividends. we have already seen a reduction in asset values, stock prices in our industry of about 7%. if you have an average aged shareholder, 63 years old, investing in a growth and income stock like ours to save for retirement, reducing the nest egg itself as a consequence of poor decisionmaking here has an impact to everybody. >> you can always sell it and buy a cd at .6%. >> that's high. >> yeah. >> thanks. >> thank you. appreciate it. >> thank you, good seeing you again. >> good seeing you. >> it irks me that they tax dividends. they've been taxed at the corporate level. if you have comments, questions, e-mail us at squawk@cnbc.com.
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>> a new report on the much anticipated apple tv. "wall street journal" reporting apple is testing a few designs for large screen high resolution television but the project is still in the early phases of testing. the journal cited officials at companies in asia that supply apple. in an interview with brian williams this month, apple ceo tim cook said the company's interest in television had progressed beyond a quote hobby. he likened turning on the television today by going back in time by 20 to 30 years, ages ago. >> yeah. >> joe, congratulations! >> let's hear this twitter story. >> yeah. it's big. i was alerted yesterday by had the of all media. >> social media. >> almost like howard stern. >> what is he king of all media. she's queen of all cnbc media. she was very excited about this. i have been named by twitter. listen on twitter as one of the
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new voices to follow in the news category. what i don't understand, i've only tweeted 220 times and most have been re-tweets from my daughter from her blog. look at who i'm with. steve carell. betty white. >> awesome! patrick stewart. keep going down. matt lauer. you can't -- you can't -- i'm right below jeffrey toobin. you can't go down? why would any even -- there it is. >> there it is. >> all right. >> but then i look to see, like cram cramer. >> yeah? who is not on the list by the way. >> do you know how many times he's tweed? >> 26,600 times. >> i've got to start -- i don't know -- i'm uncomfortable tweeting. jim has -- jim has, by the way, jim is the pope of all investing, he has more followers than the pope. than the holy father.
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good morning and welcome to squawk box on cnbc. i'm joe kernen along with the very social ly conservative michelle. a and andy is out today. and in a moment, the power summit, big names coming up. andrew wrote for the "new york times" in high school and became like their most well-known reporter and started deal book, a huge deal. >> hope he has an equity stake. >> the only thing the "new york times" has going for it anymore and now they will have this great conference today with huge power plays. >> and best-seller and the movie. >> and best-seller and movie. no emmy's but nominated. should have won. house speaker john boehner spoke by phone tuesday exchanging new fiscal cliff proposals. the president gave boehner a
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revised offer on monday and he went down a couple of hundred billion from 1.6 trillion to 1.4 trillion over ten years. in an exclusive interview with barbara walters, of "abc news," president obama says he still expects a deal before the end of the year. >> remain optimistic there are enough people of good will in this country families will be much better off when we get this done. the most important thing is make sure middle class taxes don't go up on january first and i'm pretty sure republicans would not hold middle class tax cuts hostage to protect tax cuts for high income individuals. >> prediction, are you going to be able to raise taxes yes or no? >> taxes will go up one way or another. the key is to make sure taxes go up on high end individuals, like
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you and me, barbara, we can afford it. >> you can see the rest of that interview on abc's 20/20 this friday. hopefully, you will hear barbara walters come pellingly say will be able to cut spending? did she ask that question? they're not really interested in that question. >> i don't understand this relatively to talk about entitlement reform or raising taxes. >> she's more interested to know whether he -- >> if you means test medicare thats away to raise taxes. >> barbara is more interested whether he can banquish republicans. >> it's just you and me. rob, who would you prefer? he's not saying. i've got to do it. i get paid. fed wrapping up its two day
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meeting. >> i get paid. >> i know you do. i can't shirk. the decision is at 12:30 eastern and followed by a news conference at 2:15, where you really get the juicy stuff from the fed chairman. i'm sure he will reference the fiscal cliff. >> at least when asked the question once it moved the markets by 50 points. >> feds expected to announce a new round of bond purchases. operation twist will expire the end of the month and we will have a cnbc special coverage of the fed decision in ben bernanke's news conference. that starts during scott's very compelling "halftime report." >> 121212. >> when 121212 will occur. futures indicated it could be the sixth straight day of gains. we made back most of the post election sell-off that we saw. now, we were just talking about him! andrew, i went over your -- like your resume, about high school,
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writing for the "new york times," you did other stuff, too, you had a company, you made money, and then you started deal book, which is why you're even down there. the rest of the companies are glomming onto you with your success basically the, not. >> it doesn't compare with how many twitter followers i imagine you will now have as a suggested user. >> you've got more man the pope right now, you and cramer, andrew, but you're not tweeting quite as much as jim. who do you have first? >> i need to tweet a little bit more. >> you have your questions ready for this guy? >> i do. we have a huge day. let me give you a rundown what's to come today at the conference. it is a great lineup of the conference kicks off a little bit later on qua"squawk" with je dimon at 8:30, 8en the40, and t mark an dreessen, and the list
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continues. and dick costollo of twitter and schwarzman on the conference with "squawk" as well and it's remarkable. i think we have a lot of issues we have to get to. the big one we're starting with to start "squawk" off this morning is david rubenstein with the carlyle group. we thank david for being here. and joe jump in any time throughout the conversation, and michelle. they were talking about the cli cliff, you spend a lot of time traveling talking to foreign so soverei sovereigns invests. give us an indication how they're viewing the entire situation on the tax and entitlement side. >> since i've been doing this 25 years, i've never seen such an interest in an issue outside the ut united states as i have seen in the fiscal cliff issue. everybody is obsessed what
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happens because we're the biggest economy and what we do will affect everybody. everybody including sovereign well funds want to know what has happened. >> what do you tell them? >> i tell them it's unlikely a deal won't be reached. i don't know whether it's december 23 or 24 or 28. very unlikely a deal won't be reached. >> what about post january 1st? >> we're talking about a deal nine months of this fiscal year, we have nine months left of it. we're talking a down payment and have the next nine months and talking about a down payment to make it go away in terms of fiscal cliff for january 1 and still have a lot next year. >> you're as close to wall street guy washington insider, that's what carlyle is, what have you seen behind the scenes or conversations that has made you this optimistic? >> i talked to people in congress and people involved in
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negotiations and my belief is they know a deal has to be done and each side wants to posture themselves not to give away the things they shouldn't give away. i'm pretty sure they know a deal has to be done. >> explain this. you recently compared to what's going on in washington to panda be bears trying to have sex. what's this about? >> there are only 1600 pandas in the world and the reasons there's so few they can only mate four hours a year. they're very inexperienced at mating. like members of congress. they know what they're supposed to do but don't quite too it as well as we would like. i think they will get it and come up with a deal with the president by the end of the year. >> higher taxes. you're seeing ceos coming out with higher taxes, unclear whether they're saying higher rates. i think that's now the suggestion. where are they? >> i believe higher taxes are inevitable on the personal side and people have accepted that.
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what business want not worry whether the rate goes up a couple points, they want to worry about whether or not we will get our economy going again. they believe if this fiscal cliff is behind us, we can stimulate the economy that way and basically getting down to doing investments in the united states. the growth in the united states has been slow in the last couple of years and lower than we like. we think if the fiscal cliff issue is resolved and we can get a decent recovery, i think we will likely get much better growth than we had in recent years. >> joe kernen of twitter fame has a question for you. >> you have the guy from twitter on today, too. that's good. we had the ceo of southern company on. he's worried about what we do with dividends and capital gains and still thinks there should be a differential and that's important. i think about that number, the president's at 1.4 trillion. do you know of a way to get even over a trillion dollars? you can't raise marginal rates
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on the 2% fluenough to get up there. you have to start going to deductions and loopholes. can you figure out a way to get to a number like that that wouldn't hurt theeconomy? >> my belief is if you increase taxes it will not necessarily hurt the economy if there's enough sense in the economy among business people that we will grow at a rate, which will be the best thing for the country. right now, we had a situation where people are nervous about what's going in washington. because they're nervous, they haven't been investing. once this is behind us whatever the resolution is, there will be enough confidence in our country and outside our country, people will invest. >> where would you go for the trillion? if you go down to $100,000 in income, if all the clinton tack cuts -- sorry. if all the bush tax cuts expire, it's a much bigger number. nice if some of that was growth revenue. some of that trillion came from
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growth, we'd all like that. that's not the way they're doing it. >> no. it's not going to come from growth at the point we're talking about now. right now, you can't presume there will be higher growth for the purpose of these numbers but i believe you will see higher rates on capital gains and dividends and marginal rates. i don't think it's possible to do this deal without higher rates on capital gains and dividends. >> still -- >> i'm sorry? >> there should still be a differential? >> what's the right rate? >> i believe it will go to except%. >> president bush 43 never actually proposed 15%. it was the ways and means committee that pushed 15%. he was happy with 20%, the rate he inherited. 20% wouldn't be the end of the earth. >> dearare i raise the interest? >> this doesn't pick up any revenue. >> are you still pushing back on
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this issue at this point given all the other issues out there? >> we want to resolve the fiscal cliff issue an it won't be helped with carat interest one way or another and it doesn't pick up any revenue. it's a modest revenue rate. >> that's the fairness argument with every other element. >> not the same. if you raise the carat interest rates you won't pick up revenue. >> michelle. >> raising taxes on the top 1% of the wealthiest americans, when you talk about means testing on medicare, a lot of people on the left get very upset. to me it seems natural we have millionaires and billionaires on the set all the time get a social security check and if they had to pay for their own health care that would be like raising taxes on the wealthy. there was a time to be elderly in america you were likely to be
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poor. that's not the case. this is the wealthiest retiring generation in history. tom brokaw on cnbc talked about it. why is it not okay to talk about issues with medicare? >> some issues are easier to resolve than others. that means testing of medicare is much more complicated. i don't think there's enough time to resolve it. >> why is it more complicated? >> i'm sorry. >> why is it more complicated? >> because it involves virtually a much larger segment of the population and i don't believe the political will is there to deal with it right now. we're trying to deal with an issue that probably has to be dealt with in the next two weeks and i don't think there he's enough political will to deal with it in the next two weeks. in the context of resolving our problems the next several years, that issue has to be dealt with. i don't think it's an issue in the next two weeks. >> do you think it's a good idea to means test medicare? >> means testing medicare is a
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complicated issue. the definition of means testing varies who you are and how you define it. it's too easy to say we should do it or not do it. it's an issue like all issues to be looked at but i don't think it will be resolved in the next two weeks. >> investing, given the fiscal cliff, have you put things on pause or hold? doing anything differently, making preparations on companies you do own? >> we presume the fiscal cliff issue will be resolved and haven't stopped investing because we've been worried about it and invest around the world and not just the united states. we are investing relatively actively, maybe a little bit less than last year but not clear yet. >> what is the fair rate of return in this new world we're living in. >> when interest rates are zero, more-or-less, depends what type of risk profile you have. for private equity if you can get a rate of wrureturn for hig net teens --
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>> still realistic? >> it is and we have done that. >> david rubenstein, thank you, and joe, back to you. >> thank you. >> it won't be long. you were gone eight days. i'm happy about that. >> you have steve schwarzman next, has a lot coming. >> excellent. we have you to thank for that and we do thank you. thank you. >> thanks. comments or questions, send to "squawk." next, the impact on the middle class. and we will go fed watching and what should the markets expect from the chairman later on today. that preview coming up next. comments, questions, send them to @"squawk" cnbc on twitter. follow the show and look for updates from andrew, becky, joe and the "squawk" staff, "squa " squawkbox on cnbc and on twitter. americans are always ready to work hard for a better future.
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live from capitol hill today, encouraging laurms to rise above gridlock.
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welcome back. let's check the futures. dow opens up and a half a percent for all the major averages. opec managers decide to leave production levels
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unchanged. it has a lot of tension. wti, higher by 63 cents and brent higher 73 cents. all signs are pointing to more easing and the fed pointing to a new round of purchasing to replace operation twist that expires at the end of 2012. has the fed run out of firepower. joining us from washington, the u.s. economics editor, economist and cnbc contributor. good to see you. >> hi. how are you. >> the fed is running out of firepower. what will they do as a result? >> i think the consensus, they will take the $45 billion a month of treasuries they're buying through "operation twist" and convert that to quantitative easing. i would look to two possible things, instead of taking that $45 billion of "operation twist"
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and use it for treasuries, maybe they use nmore mortgage back securities and many came out and said you get more bang for your buck and bullish for the market. >> are you going to talk about their commitment to keep interest rates low until the end of time? >> here's what i think might be interesting, michelle. a lot of people at the fed aren't happy having a specific date out there. there's an active discussion right now they should replace that date with a number on the unemployment rate. let's keep rates low until unemployment is 6 1/2%. that discussion is ongoing. another possible surprise they might give us that target for unemployment today. if they did so, that would create a lot of confusion. i would be interested whether that happens. >> and bernanke talks about the fiscal cliff in some way. no? >> i was wondering if that is the first or second question he gets in the press conference today. here's the cool number. i was just working it out in my head. bernanke said last year, they
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think all the quantitative easing and bond purchases around $2 trillion has boosted gdp by 2% and created 2 million jobs. that's almost exactly the size of the hit we will get if we go over the fiscal cliff. when the fed is worried about what they will do if the country goes over the cliff, you can see why. politicians basically wipe out all the benefits they've done. >> greg, good to see you this morning. thanks so much. >> okay, michelle. >> stay tuned for that. >> a major blow for big labor as michigan becomes a right to work state and bar members from requiring them to pay union dues. the governor signed the measure last night. >> shouldn't unions be putting out a proposition workers want to join a union and feel free to make a choice their dollars are going to that union or not based on results. that's what this is really doing. that's why i view this as pro
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worker, not anti-union. >> is it the right to work bill good for middle class economics. at the center for american progress, david, what does this make? 20? how many is that 25 or 27 states now? >> 23. >> 23. >> this is -- you know, we have seen a couple states recently, for a long time, it was about 40 years ago states have passed these laws. unfortunately the evidence is really clear that these laws have a significant impact on the middle class. they really harm them. you look at the typical worker in a right to work state they earn about $1500 less than a comparable worker in a non-right to work state. >> we need to look at it a lot of different ways. the number of people employed. are more people able to be employed if the wages are slightly lower and global competitiveness. it many must be -- you've seen
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the other side, david, claims all these benefits that accrue to states that are "right to work." you can systematically shoot down every claim as an loosery? >> pretty much. take the jobs claim. the state that has the highest unemployment rate right now is a "right to work" state. it's not the "right to work" gives you jobs. the bestest we have is oklahoma, the most recent state to go "right to work" over which is there enough time to study and manufacturing declined after they went "right to work." what really it does, it lowers wages and hauls out the middle class. by hauling out the middle class. that is not good for the economy. sure, you might have lower wages and might be an incentive to invest. there are other reasons businesses invest, transportation infrastructure, quality of the workforce and consumers to buy their goods and
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hauled out by a weaker middle class. >> one thing i don't understand. if something really helps and something is really a positive for society, it's almost like natural selection causes it to stay vibrant and active and alive. do you attribute the decline in overall union rates in the united states, is that due to a concerted attack on unions by evil forces or is it just dropped to 7% from being antiquated through its own weight of not being competitive? >> i think most of the story with the decline of the percentage of workers in union is that our current law allows employers to really attack workers who want to exercise basic rights to join a union. for dexample, if a worker is illegally fired for attempting to join a union, the law is so weak, at best, after years, they might get some percentage of their back pay. no other penalties, nothing.
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with really weak laws like that, you have incentive for businesses to not protect workers' rights. that is much of the story. you also see polls show the majority of workers, when asked, said they would like to join a union. you have high percentage saying they would like to but low percentage joining. that disconnect is largely explained by a weak state of our current law and "right to work" goes further by undercutting the ability of work others to join unions. what it does, takes away any financial model of any business is to charge workers for services. workers get away without benefits of union membership without paying them. >> that's all the time we have today. we have power players from the conference. >> he is a power player. >> i didn't mean to exclude you from that. you weren't at the conference. >> more headlines and -- with hair like that, he should be at the conference. i like his hair.
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hey, welcome back to squ "squawkbox." headlines, lawmakers will issue a policy statement followed by a forecast at 2:15 eastern. later, we get chairman ben bernanke news conference. mortgage applications were up 2.6% last week. the mortgage association says the average rate fell to 3.47%. executi executives reportedly sold more than $23 million in stock earlier this year ahead of news that sank the stock price according to the "wall street journal" that says those sales were made outside of pre-arranged trading plans. let's get back to the "new york times" deal book conference. andrew ross sorkin joins us with another guest. you're ready, andrew?
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>> i'm ready to go. we have another great guest. steve schwarzman of blackstone, glad to have him. >> thank you, andrew. >> let's talk about the fiscal cliff. i want to talk to you specifically about something else going on in the washington. you were no fan of the president in the run up to the election and there were so many people on wall street who frankly were not fans and were outspoken about it. now, there seems to be a move afoot within washington and some level on wall street to try to mend those fences. what's going on? can you take us behind the scenes a little bit? >> i think it's pretty clear we're supposed to be one country. we have a new president, we have a four year run and i think people have to find some common ground. i think the president is reaching out pretty aggressively in the context of trying to make connections to the other side to get a budget deal done which i think he's really very committed to wanting to do.
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>> when you look at the election results, and you look at where we are in this conversation about the fiscal cliff and raising taxes, do you say to yourself, that he has a mandate to raise tax rates or not? >> well, geez, i think he thinks he does in a certain way. i think that the numbers we have in the fortunateederal budget d lot of change. and we're spending 25% of the gdp and we're taking in 15 1/2% in tax revenue. these are yawning, massive, 9 1/2% differences. we used to, as a country, for decad decades, have 18 1/2% revenue and 20% spending. so, as you look at this budget deal, what should be doing and
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the eddie ieeasiest way to make is get back to where you started. >> you'd let things expire? >> no, no. when i say get back to where we started is you really want to spend 20% instead of 25% of gdp. and you want tax revenue to go back up to 18. everyone has different prescriptions how you get there. >> what is the steve schwarzman prescription? >> i'm not trying to micromanage the congress. i know where we have to get and i know if the two groups are prepared to go back to square one, which is 18% taxes, and 20% spending, there would be plenty of common ground to make a deal. now, the deal that was put on the table by the administration was 19% taxes and 22 1/2%
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spending and they didn't get much of a reception for that. >> the front page of the "wall street journal" today says now potentially, the corporate tax rate is on the table as part of this negotiation. what is the right number and do you think that's real? >> i think it's probably on the table, but not not to be done completely. foreign taxes may not go to the so-called territorial taxes. i think the business community would like something that's more easily comprehensible and equitable, sort of a flat kind of number. i think that the administration thinks that's fine. everyone wants it to be more-or-less revenue neutral. i don't see a lot of controversy with that. >> i asked david ruben stay in the question so i'll ask you
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jr, carried interest doesn't seem to be on the table now but maybe it comes back up. where would you be on this right now? >> i think almost everyone's taxes that's making a lot of money will probably go up. in the context of an overall look at that gap between 15 1/2 and what i think should be back to normal of 18. there are different ways to do it. you know, carried interest is a capital asset, capital gains itself will be going up. >> what's the right number on capital gains? 20%? 25%, what will you take? >> andrew, i don't determine these things, i'm just a receiver. it's scheduled to go up to 20. that would not be a surprise to anybod anybody. >> michelle's got a question. let's bring her into the conversation. >> hi, steve, it's michelle.
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you're around 65, sorry to reveal your age on television. there's a reason, we keep talking about different things that could be done to balance the budget. what about means testing medicare and things like social security. would you give up your social security check, steve? are you willing to contribute more to your health care costs? >> well, on social security, i was actually disappointed that that was taken off the table. it's an important thing to get reformed. and it's an easy thing to do. combination of age, we're all living longer, hopefully. we certainly are, as a group. you've got means testing, you've got things such as the inflation adjustment. if you've got the people in the congress who know about this area, which are many many people, and put them in a room, the odds are that within a day you could make a deal on this. i would have, if i were managing
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this process, which i'm not. have dealt with that because it's sort of low hanging issue because the solutions have already been well discussed and don't involve as much i ideological friction as in the other types of issue and the budget issues. >> steve, handicap it. your sense, david rubenstein said, by january 1st he thinks there's some sort of a deal. you do, too, no? >> i think by january 1 there'll probably be a different type of deal than you're reading about. the kind of deal you're reading about is like a grand bargain kind of issue. and that's what we'd all like to see happen. neither side, and from listening to both of the people, who are the principals, neither of them want to go over the fiscal cliff and trigger the kinds of issues.
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so my instinct is that they'll either come up with something that's more modest, where they can make a deal and not visit on the united states difficulties of our own creation, as a country. so there'll be something that probably will be done, but not what needs to be done next year. >> long term. joe, you have a question for ste steve. >> steve, you're political, and i just want to ask you something about boehner used the term the president is slow-walking towards this deal. because it's going to be so hard to raise marginal rates to 39.6, people think we will get a deal of 500 thousand go up two points to 37. if the president really wants to go to 39.6, boehner might lose too much face doing that and he'd have to give other things, too. why wouldn't the president go
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through january 1st and all the rates go back up and then do a deal where he gives it to the republican and says, i will cut rates on everyone except for the top 2%, you guys need to go along with this? head have 39.6 and then republicans would have a hard time voting against a tax cut for everybody else. how do you know that everybody's negotiating in good faith and that's not the actual strategy that's being employed here? >> i think that the scenario you're talking about is a scenario that could happen. i think the parties would like to have a broader solution to this and put this behind them. i don't know that, from the administration's point of view, this is an issue they want to spend a year or two dealing with, in the second term. >> is that too cynical. i guess that's too cynical a viewpoint. then we have the debt sealiceil
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coming up, republicans would be holding the cards in the next one, the kind of law that would be passed for tax cuts after january 1st, they could hold back on that with some kind of bargain. i mean, it's a mess. i don't know. it might be better to do it before january 1st. >> if you could do a deal that's easier on everyone's life, i think they would prefer to do that. >> both sides? >> we'll see. >> i have to ask you one question. the next secretary of treasury, a lot of names get bandied about. one is tony james of blackstone. what do you think? >> tony would be terrific. he's a terrific guy. >> he's your partner. >> that would be terrible for us, for sure. it's the last thing i would want. >> what do you think the chances are? have you heard anything? making phone calls? he doesn't confide in you? >> i have no idea about that. i think that the probability is that it would be somebody who is
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dealing with these types of complex issues, because i don't think they'll all get resolved. that means whether it's an insider, like a jack lew. >> would he be good enough? >> it's not my call. guys like irskin, there are people who have dealt on a regular basis with the congress, given the complexity of these issues, that would be a more logical call. >> thank you for joining us. appreciate it. i will send it back to the studio. >> thanks, andrew. don't be a stranger, steve. would you tell him that, andrew, for me, please? >> he will come on all the time. >> hopefully i don't look too strange, joe. >> no, i don't mean you lo look -- new jersey's not that far. i don't know what you've got against jersey, but, you know, we have a seat here for you. >> thank you very much.
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jay checking the futures, will we do it? will we have six straight up days? we made up most of the sell-off after the post election swoon we had. we're back to where we were and maybe headed higher today. most people assume that sold out hotel means there's no room left. that's not necessarily the case. scott walkner reports for a new cnbc documentary on marriott. that's not always true for everyone. when it comes to getting a room on a busy night, it does pay to be loyal. >> reporter: sellouts happen. 10-15% of the time, there's no
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room to be had, or is there? what happens if you're sold out and i'm a platinum member and i come walking through the door and i say, i need a room. >> a lot of times hotels will save a couple rooms open just for last minute platinums, because we don't ever want to turn a platinum away for any reason. >> they would tell other people that they're sold out. >> oh, yeah. >> if i called up, they'd say, sorry, sir, we don't have any rooms available? >> absolutely. >> for more secrets of hotel availability and pricing, tune into hotel, behind closed doors at marriott tonight at 9:00 eastern and pacific. scott, i was talking to him about it last night. i asked him why he didn't -- did he do the blue light thing in the rooms? he did not do that. >> testing whether the sheets are really clean or not, that kind of stuff? >> whether the ceiling is clean. >> they do that in local news. >> you don't do that? always fun to do. bedbugs are always fun. i don't think marriott has any
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problem with either one of those. >> i would hope not because i stay at them frequently. >> they have great management and it's a great chain and a great guy running it although his name is not marriott anymore. arnie. >> got it. >> go on. sorry. >> tunisia? >> what about tunisia. >> that is where the secretary of state was supposed to leave for tunisia today. >> is she set to do wellesley again? >> not directly. >> she went to wellesley and you went to wellesley. the only democrat you could ever support for president. >> exactly. >> she went to wellesley. she got a stomach flu. >> she got a stomach flu. she wanted to go to tunisia for a specific reason. we talk about the arab spring, this is one of the places there's great hopes this may turn into a really functioning democracy and a place with economic freedom as well. this is a place where the arab spring started. remember, this wasn't a democratic revolution, it turned
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into one. the man who started the arab spring was a vendor whose scale had been taken from him many times from a bureaucrat. he lit himself on fire and his words were, how do you expect me to make a living. we can talk about democratic freedom but economic freedom is just as important. >> and in tunisia, they've been trying to be as market friendly as possible. spoke with the secretary of state of tunisia. he is so well-spoken about the capital markets and everything that needs to be done. listen to this a little bit. he's terrific. >> we are introducing new forms in terms of transparency, new governance and we think if we provide the legal basis or the legal framework for investors, they can really make profit. >> talking about rule of law, talking about taxation that is fair and equal across the board. i'll say this, joe, i deal with
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so many foreign governments, representative on the phone, like cnbc, okay, low level. i called the ton indonesian government, cnbc, when? where? how often. i mean, really smart about can they get everything done? they've really struggled in the last year or so trying to get the economy up and running again, but openly friendly to the capital markets and trying to get to a place that would look -- >> was this at the council of for ren relations? where kdid you see him? >> i did see him there originally but was impressed. >> got it. are you allowed to divulge that? >> i'm not sure. >> never mind. >> she's supposed to be in tunisia and i'm sure she's heartbroken she cannot go. >> she is probably ready to stain one place. >> and get ready for 2016. >> will it be christie or bush?
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i would like to see christie but i love bush. would you like to see a bush-christie rematch? >> in the end, a wellesley woman in the white house i think would be very good for the country. >> it's very strange for me you cast aside all your ideology just because of going to the same school. >> yeah. >> coming up at the top of the hour, tech guru, venture cap laltist, marc andreesen will tell us why the year will be remembered. >> and del founder and ceo michael dell and jamie dimon. stick around. up next on "squawk box," don't start your day without knowing the names that will make you money. joe has your list of stocks to watch right after the break. you won't take my life.
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>> i guess the birds were the first ones to incorporate it. and then robbie. and then george, when he wrote norwegian wood. >> beautiful song. >> that had some influence from it. later, this. then he got, went and studied for six weeks and got all the mysticism and became the best known indian musician on the planet and he passed away unfortunately. >> that's why we're talking about it. >> it's a sad reason why but robbie shankar is gone at 92. let's take a look at some stocks to watch. joy global earned $2.20 a share, on certain items come paired to 19.91. but the forecast was below expectations. costco was ahead of estimates and revenue and profit margins also above. dupont forecasting four year
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earnings above the projected ran range. i believe that 25 to 330 number, it coincided when the company had issued disappointing guidance. >> see it right there. >> exactly. so now it will be a little better than they thought. maybe they overshot being conservative. and coinstar, the xaes red box unit launching a streaming video plan that comes with four nights of physical dvd rentals. >> awesome. and that was something about netflix when they got rid of physical dvds, because the really hot movies are only on physical dvds. >> is that true? i wasn't aware. >> when do you watch movies? you're out every night. >> i'm not. coming up, mark c andreesenn the year of software as a service and michael dell on
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consumer tech and the effects of the fiscal cliff and we will cap off the hour with a little guy, jpmorgan ceo, jamie dimon, banking, economy. you never know what he's thinking. he cheaps it close to the vest.
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the chairman of ceo and dell set to talk strategy and investors. >> dude, you're getting a dell? >> and one of the original tech disrupters and board member of facebook and handicap, marc andreessen. >> one of the original "squawk" makers of the hour -- [ horn noise ]. >> news team, assemble! . >> jpmorgan ceo, jamie dimon on the economy, the fiscal cliff and the future of banking, an hour of "squawk box" you won't want to miss, it begins right no now.
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welcome back to "squawk box" on cnbc business. i'm joe kernen. and andrew joins us from new york where he will be talking in a couple minutes to marc andreessen. first, michelle has your morning headlines, the first was john lennon wrote "norwegian wood" and harrison wrote the sitcom. people are going crazy. go ahead, i don't want to get bogged down. >> the fed is meeting this afternoon and followed by ben bernanke news conference at 2:00 p.m. eastern time, the fedex suspected to announce a new round of bond purchases as the last program, "operation twist," is set to expire the end of the month. ben bernanke's news conference starts at 12:15 p.m. eastern time. steve joins us in a few minutes with the preview from
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washington. another story with big implications is michigan's decision to become a righ"right work" state. it would bar members from requiring to pay member dues. the governor signed the law. >> shouldn't unions be putting out the proposition workers want to join a union and shouldn't workers be able to make a choice their dollars are going to that union based on whether they're getting results that. 's what this is doing. that's why i view this as pro worker, not anti-union. >> it is viewed as a big blow to organized union that has seen membership decline across the country. dow opened higher by 56, nasdaq by 13 and s&p by a little more than 7, a gain half a percent across the board. in asia, higher across the board, not a lot. hang seng did well, higher by
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181 points. europe still open at this hour, higher across the board. a gain for germany and quarter percent for the ftse, fairly flat where decide iing he will longer be a frenchman and be a belgian. >> it's on the boarderboarder -r and speaks french. >> almost reaganesque. >> we'll see how long it lasts. anyway, let's get back to the "new york times," a deal book conference, cnbc is the broadcast partner on this event, which will be talking live throughout -- or taking live throughout the day. andrew, do you remember when you came up with the term, "deal book." you named it, too, right? >> i did name it. we were going back and forth between "deal book" and "pitch
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book." >> was it before facebook? it was before facebook? >> it was before facebook. well, you know, can i just tee up who we have here? he might know the answer better than i do. we have marc andreessen here, who needs no introduction but on the board of facebook. when was facebook? >> 2004. >> 2004. >> i think you have a really good grounds for a lawsuit. >> wow. >> your dad's an attorney. >> it's been a very popular thing to sue facebook. >> we might have some business to do. >> it's a line of people. you have to get in line. >> thank you for being here. we appreciate it very much. we've been talking all morning about the fiscal cliff and investing. i want to asking, the last time you were on the show, you were out promoting governor romney for president. you said, frankly, that if he didn't win, it might change things, might change the world of investing. president obama won. your guy lost. >> yeah. >> has it changed how you're seeing the world?
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>> we're so long term focused, the stuff we fund is 7-10 years to see if it will work as a business. it doesn't change anything we do at the moment. i think it changes the political situation a lot and the budget situation a lot. >> in the venture world, does this issue matter? we talk about it all the time for big businesses that employ a lot of people, it matters. in your world does it matter? >> matters less at the moment but a lot in the long run. questions we always worry about in the valley these days, what's the level of regulation? what are the industries we can regulate and industries we can fund innovators to cause disruptive change. the thing i'm worried about right now is presumption including discussions around the fiscal cliff the presumption we want the government to do things. i'm pro gridlock. it doesn't bother me in the least if the government is ground to a halt and doesn't do anything. >> even in the context of fiscal cliff? >> yes. >> even gridlock means go over
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it. >> it would be preferable to go into gridlock and fiscal cliff than have an active government that gets things done. i watched you show yesterday called rise above. i think it's well-intentioned and i think it's dangerous. the last thing we want is the gross profit to ri government to rise above politics and do things. >> i almost want to stop the interview for a minute. what do you think happens if we go over the cliff? what good happens? >> good or bad we raise taxes and cut spending. this is the paradox of the thing. all business people i talk to, they ought to fix the long run situation. how do you do that? cut spending and raise taxes. >> you're not worried about short term? >> i'm sure there will be short term confusion no matter what happens. the next thing after fiscal cliff is potential for government shutdown. we're almost over the fiscal
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cliff and looking at government shutdown. there's no end on short term but long term. >> except for a the rise above stuff you said, marc, you want to marry me? you're absolutely right. i don't like government to do things, everybody getting along, you're so right. there's this huge perception somehow government has always gotten along in america until now. isn't it crazy? it's such a small voice, so few people who think that way. >> exactly. it's a rosy eye'd view at the past. the founding fathers never got along and competed with each other bitterly. >> did you think you would get a marriage proposal on tv this morning? sn>> i will have to consult wit my current wife. >> let meask you something else in the headlines, this news apple may be getting closer to producing an apple tv.
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your take? does it really happen? >> nobody knows because apple is locked down like a vaulted in the valley. i don't know anything. the assumption of the valley is they will do it in 2013, 2014. my take is when they do it, it will be a great product, one of the best ever built by any of our coaning on with smart tvs a netflix doing a ton of stuff. all kinds of experiments. >> why isn't any following apple? sn>> apple does it right and th ipad and everybody goes, oh, that's what the future will look like and people create competitors to that. android phones are on fire and android tablets starting to do really well. in 10 years, 90% of the tvs in the world will probably be android tvs and smart tvs and 10% will be apple and apple will make a fortune. >> have to ask you about twitter. you have an invest in twitter
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and on the board of facebook. joe is a suggested user on twitter. >> excellent. >> now, has a lot more followers than before. there's a big fight going on between twitter now and facebook and instagram. given that you're on both sides of it, how do you see it and what do you do? >> i don't have a lot to say about it. i think these companies make their own decisions. the founder of instagram is still running instagram at facebook, an incredibly capable guy. >> explain to the viewers. i don't know if everybody understands what's happening. if you use instagram,s which an app, you used to be able to post it directly to your twitter feed. now you can't because twitter is also going into this photosharing business as well. >> so the two companies are heading into more direct competition and more concerned about each other. >> you're hedging your bets? >> we have a pass investment in twitter, we're a secondary investor in twitter we're fond of and i'm a fb member so i'm a
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partisan. >> you may not be able to address this. hewlett-packard. it watts said in the news you were behind the acquisition of autonomy. >> we're not going through that, a unanimous vote, we're going on. i i'm a huge fan of meg in charge of that company doing a great job. >> what do you think of hp? >> the largest company and major supplier that runs the plumbing of businesses and consumers lives in 27 countries. >> what about microsoft, potentially tied to hp and bl k blackberry behind us and talking about apple a moment ago, are their best days behind them at this point? >> i think it's a product business more than company question. they're making a huge push with windows 8, a huge advance than products that came before. they have a lot of work to do
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because apple has gol gotttten ahead and android ahead with tablets. they are a big company and has tremendous staying power and putting a lot of effort into what they're doing. next, tease us, what is the next great product coming up? >> i think education is coming up. there is too much regulation and areas we can't touch with unions and bureaucracy. especially college education. college education going online will be big in the next five years. >> do you have investments in that? >> the have an investment in the guy who did the google car doing online education, a stanford professor and decided online education is next and google didn't want to do it and we're backing him and it will be fun to see. >> marc andreessen, thank you for being here. send it back to the studios. >> this is embarrassing. she is like throwing herself at the camera.
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i've never seen this side of you. >> there's so few voices willing to say what he said out loud. >> andrew, we asked him to guest host. he can talk the disrupter stuff and politics. >> he's the ultimate disrupter. >> another guy came out. will you do that? >> marc? >> we will have him come out. he's on his way back. >> becky will be back by then so you don't have to worry about me. >> right. exactly. got it. >> she'll leave the ring. >> need some muscle to keep you away. the weird thing with twitter you have only tweeted in your career 709 times. >> you're tracking me? >> no, i just looked. i don't know why they picked me. they must like the silent. i guess less is more because we're not big tweeters, the two of us. >> hold on. while we are on this topic and before he goes, marc andreessen not only has an investment but
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has a twitter handle. i don't think you use it. >> i tweeted twice. >> why only twice. >> the first time before they invented the word tweet and said, hi, i'm twittering. it's hard for me to top that. >> you decided to give it up. >> i figure my best tweeting days are behind me. >> what was the second one? >> about three years later, i said, hi, has anything happened since i've been gone. that was pretty much it. >> there you have it, guys. >> i was uncomfortable. >> breaking news here at the deal book conference. >> when they named me, i said i don't really want to be part of a group that would include me as a member and i had no choice in the matter. great job bringing marc out. great. >> a twist on grouch0 marx. that would make you a marxist. >> that would make me a marxist in a good way. coming up, the fed wrapping
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up its meeting and what to expect. and we will talk tech with michael dell and ask about the trends in the computer industry and the fiscal cliff. and jpmorgan ceo, jamie dimon on the effect of the economy and fiscal cliff. stick around!
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welcome back to "squawk b " box." the futures have been around 50, now 52 points. a look at the percentage move. not a lot. at least it is up and will be up for six straight days. you're very ingagnostic about a these things, overall we'd like prosperity to increase globally? >> absolutely. is that ever in doubt? with some places it is. >> in europe, does prosperity seem to be having a good century in europe? >> no. >> good decade? >> no. with the tail end of the feds 2-day interest meeting, feds are suspecting out-right asset purchases to replace "operation
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twist." has the fed run out of firepower. steve joins us on what to expect when we hear from them later on today. hey, steve. >> hi, michelle. the fed doesn't think it's run out of firepower although the market may have a different point of view. the big debate is how the fed replaces "operation twist." for background it's short term securities and buys long term securities in an effort to bring down long term interest rates. we know it will replace it. how much? that's about a $45 billion operation. if it replaces it dollar for dollar, what that will mean the fed in total, if you take the $40 billion in mortgages will be replacing $45 billion a month the strongest intervention in markets it's done for quite a while. big question, how does it do this? when we polled the market, they're divided in terms of 50% think it will be treasuries only, 50% think treasuries and
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mbs. the stead has come into more and more -- the fed has come into more and more criticism. what we're finding this is market is increasingly concerned all these purchases will disrupt market function and pollute the pricing information inside the market. they didn't feel that way in september of 40 and apparently we're crossing a threshold of concern in the market. a couple other points, we want to know what bernanke's view is on the drop in employment. we think he will say i don't think it's for real, doesn't tell me the labor market is improving because of the reasons the unemployment rate is dropping. then there will be some discussion about using economic targets versus calendar targets at the moment for fed watch. when it does change c the market has to pay attention to the change in guidance. right now, i don't think they're ready to do that. michelle. >> what about the fiscal cliff? >> the fiscal cliff is something he will talk about, say they have to solve this.
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he's talked before about the upside and said twice already the federal reserve cannot off-set the effects of the fiscal cliff. the fed could -- one idea -- the fed could keep a little bit of powder dry if we do go off the cliff, the fed has something it could do. >> mike duke last night the ceo of walmart spoke and he sa said -- they poll their shoppers all the time. a week before the election, 25% of walmart customers knew about the fiscal cliff. one week after the election, 75% of their shoppers know about the fiscal cliff and 15% say it means they will spend less on christmas. it's pre-telling, right? >> apparently the walmart shopper is more informed than the average american. we showed 70%. that's out there. it's something that affects people. it was clear in the data there was an effect of the fiscal cliff on overall economic attitudes. the more important thing we found is that it affects
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businesses and businesses slow down in capital spending. you're an economic student and you know the connection between company spending to buy big capital goods, buy machinery and hiring the thing everybody wants to have happen in this country. the other thing interesting in the fed survey yesterday, michelle, 41% say we are going to go over. 46% say no. 13% aren't sure. personally, i add the -- people think we're going over the cliff to those who aren't sure, i come up with 54%. more than half of the people think it will either happen or uncertain if they're going to happen and both lead to a lousy outcome of uncertainty and holding back. >> good point. thank you. >> cnbc's coverage begins 12:15 p.m. eastern time. still to come on "squawk box," we will hear from the ceos of two iconic companies and michael dell the ceo of the company that bears his name and jamie dimon, chairman and ceo of
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steenburgen. news stories of note out of europe this morning. greece looking for an additional 1.4 billion in euros so it can accept all the offers in a buyback program and additional 10 billion euros to buy back those bonds. and despite political turmoil, today's sale came in at 1.46% down from 1.76% at the prior auction and saying it won't stay around much longer. coming up, two big interviews you don't want to miss. talk to the ceo and chairman of del and his plans for 2013 and effects on the fiscal cliff and michael dell joins us next and ceo jamie dimon joins us live.
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as we head to break, look at u.s. equity futures higher across the board and that would be six days in a row.
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dell chairman ceo michael
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dell is preparing his strategy at the world conference but he will talk to us first. dell chairman and ceo michael dell joins us from austin, texas. good -- i say dell dell dell dell, music to your ears, right? a good idea. >> we're just trying to keep it easy for you, joe. >> thanks. michael, the strategy, i would imagine is similar to what you employed since you came back and took over, no? >> what we have been doing is building a portfolio of solutions to help customers solve challenges they have. you have seen dell expand aggressively into software and services and deeply into the data center. now here at dell world with over 5,000 customers and partners, we're able to demonstrate all those capabilities and really help our customers transform and modernize their it. it really enabled their
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businesses. >> i think about the world before dell, michael. you barely remember, i remember, you're a little bit younger. there weren't a bunch of dell computers every world, it was different world and dell came along and there were dell computers everywhere and now it seems like a different world and i don't see a different world with dell pcs everywhere. you had to make this move early. you did. is it possible to be a huge success? >> well, there are still a billion and a half pcs in the world. certainly, it is much broader than just pcs, a $3 trillion industry. the expansion we have been following the last four or five years really has broadened the range of things we can do. last quarter our cash flow was $1.3 billion, up 50% from the prior year. clearly dell is a company investing for its future.
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we made $5 billion of acquisitions this year, really adding a lot of key technology that addresses the opportunities that we see in the market, he helping customers move to the cloud and addressing mobile and tablet devices, dealing with it security, modernizing application, dealing with all the social media and opportunities that creates for companies that jacky ies that i large numbers of companies and zooming in on points that help our customers succeed. >> you were getting close to 20 and then it came back down. i know you've seen some of these comments. what did you make of that recommendation? >> goldman went from a sell to a buy on the possibility dell got so cheap somebody might want to buy it or lbo it or private
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equity. what do you make of something like that? is it that cheap? >> we've been following a discipline strategy of capital allocation. recently, the company introduced a dividend, so we just declared our second quarterly dividend. we've been using capital certainly for acquisitions. i think any looking at this company can see this is a company that is investing for its future. >> i mean, you wouldn't disagree with an analyst going from a sell to a buy. i know you'd say that's a brilliant brilliant call on dell. would you disagree with the rationale behind that upgrade. >> i'm not really going to comment on a specific report or rumors, that kind of thing. what i can tell you is we have aggressively transforming this company, investing for our future and building out a broad set of solutions. certainly, if you look over the last several years, you've seen the gross margins of the company
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have really shifted quite dramatically where over 50% are now derived from the new areas of dell, the software, the services, network, data center. i will say with windows 8, we are quite excited about the future of the pc. there are a billion and half pcs out there and we believe there's an upgrade cycle coming. >> i've always seen you as like a child prodigy or something, the way you started. can you solve this fiscal cliff? what should we be -- what should we try to do? what's the right path out of this morass? >> i've been watching the show, i know you guys have been working on that. i think clearly, there's a need for a compromise here. i suspect we'll get one in the short term. longer term, there's no question any government can't spend more than it takes in over a long period of time and have anything good happen.
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that's fairly obvious to everyone. we need a short term and longer term solution and it will require the sides to come together. we're hopeful that something happens before the end of the year. it is, will tell you, causing some degree of pause and delay. uncertainty is never good. we'd like to see it resolved. >> you just lucky or smart to settle in texas? >> you know, texas has been great for us. we really have been well supported here. i know you had the governor on a week ago talking about how great texas is. it's really true. we have a fantastic environment, rich culture, great universities. >> i'm talking about business and taxation and regulation, that's what i'm talking about, work with me. >> it's a great place to do business. >> can we learn -- i don't know we we can't learn from texas. i don't know.
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envy, size envy, maybe. >> come on down and do a big show about that. we'd be glad to assist. >> invite us down. we'd love to. good luck. it's always great to see you. thanks for coming on today, michael. >> thanks very much. bye-by bye-bye. >> i'd rather marry him. >> coming up, the "squawk box" newsmaker of the hour. jamie dimon with the comments. bring you live after a quick break. what impresses me. a talking train. this ge locomotive can tell you exactly where it is, what it's carrying, while using less fuel. delivering whatever the world needs, when it needs it. ♪ after all, what's the point of talking if you don't have something important to say? ♪
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welcome back. we're about to dip into the deal book conference. deal book was started by andrew, a daily e-mail. >> he's giving a speech. >> he's talking to the audience, getting them warmed up before jamie dimon comes out. >> there he is. >> deal book was started by andrew, very successful with the "new york times," here we go. here's jamie dimon on the stage. this is their first deal book conferenc conference. >> jamie, thank you for being here today. we are in the midst, as we all know, in the fiscal cliff cliff. i'm hoping for this audience, if you could, try to handicap what you think will happen over the next two weeks. >> first, let me give you what's important here. we could go off the cliff which will create enormous problems.
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i see a lot of people that say it won't be a big deal, it might be a big deal. we could have rational policy and i think the country could take off. i think it's a big deal to do it right, save jobs, get the country going again and return confidence in the united states and globally. i don't know the odds. i think the odds is the prosecution -- politicians sometimes between december 21st and 28 will do something. they will wait follow the last minute because everybody has to make sure they have the last ounce of blood. >> what does the other side of the cliff look like? is it a cliff or bunny slope? how do you think about this? >> i put it in the irrational category and irresponsible. you could easily say, go off, not a big deal. it may not be as big a deal as people think but it might be. why would you take that chance? why would you say it's not a problem. we don't really know it will go through and they say maybe they will fix it january 4th or 5th
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or 6th or 7th. if they don't get it done january 28th, they might not get it later either. you have seen businesses reacting and dropping dramatically like in '09 and in the "great depression." business has already taken some action and its antidotal. consumers have taken no action. my guess is they might. if consumers stop buying you will see it rapidly get bad like the debt ceiling crisis. >> is jpmorgan taking any steps to go in the right direction? >> we're praying. jpmorgan will be fine. i'm worried about our customers and the global financial system. it is not a jpmorgan issue per se. we have 50 million consumer clients. we do clients that are 30,000 companies and governments around the world. they're all watching. we're one decision away from
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restoring our fiscal and moral authority around the world. let's just do it. >> what is the role of business in this conversation? i ask because over the past several weeks the obama administration has tried to reach out to wall street in a way perhaps it hadn't earlier. want to talk a little bit about that relationship post election. in terms of where you think business should be trying to influence or be part of this discussion. >> the business roundtable put a letter today in some newspapers signed by 150 ceos of mostly large companies. i think a lot of smaller companies feel the same way, we want a rational deal. want it market credible. know there will be increases in tax revenues link together with rationale entitlement reform with a rational multiple. that's what the business community wants, not the one specific thing people argue about whether this goes up. business wants a rational deal to go up because it would be
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good for the united states of america? >> you'll take a higher tax rate. >> yeah. i don't personally care. it's not the 39.6%. they are linked together. no one says i will take a higher tax rate so we can still be irresponsible in spending. you can de link that all you want no one does that in the business community. they are linked together. the attachment bait could ne 25. they know all the cards. you can lay them out and debate all day long everyone knows what they are. if they decide now you might have a booming economy in a couple months. >> in a couple months. what does that look like? >> growth at 4% not 2%. employment gains of 200,000 a month. unemployment coming down, jobs going up, houses being bought. it's possible. the table is set very well right now. corporations, middle market companies, small businesses in
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good shape. 5 million more people working than four years ago, housing has turned the corner, let's keep it going. it's ready to go. bringing back confidence and stability and longer term tax policy, you could see some very positive reaction to that. >> the what's your relationship like with the white house? >> it's fine. >> the last time we talk publicly, you said -- >> it was fine then. >> you said to me -- no, no. you said to me you were quote-unquote barely a democrat. >> i'm still barely a democrat. >> did you vote for president obama? >> i'm not going to fell. i didn't tell any who i vote for. >> you've been to some of these meetings. how do you look at the white house? how do you look at how both the white house and congress has been negotiating this as a deal-maker yourself? >> i didn't go to the meetings though i was invited. i happened to have a trip in brazil and chile i had to go to. i liked the fact the white house is reaching out. i always believed collaboration between business, government, civil society, you will have a better outcome than antagonism.
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i like the fact of reaching out, people engaging in conversation. i like the fact the president went to the business roundtable and was on tv. it's a very good thing to do. i hope it gets to the right place. business is not the only player but hopes it gets us to the right place. >> do you think the relationship between wall street and washington is going to get better or -- let me put it a different way. as a result of this election, has there been any lesson learned about how to deal with washington differently, because it took on a very antagonist stick-back an forth before the electi election? >> you're talking about the recent election or the first one? >> yeah. >> wall street is fully pragmatic in my opinion. we just want to get the right things done, get the country moving forward, have the opportunity to compete around the world. most people on wall street
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support a lot of financial reform. we had a financial crisis and should have financial reform. we don't support all of it. there are 2,000 rules coming down. hard to say you support all 2,000 rules. collaboration is better. even if relations weren't good last month or last year or two ye years ago, we should try to make it better next month and next year, it's better for the country. that's what we should do. if it can't be great, wall street will survive that, too. >> let me ask you about public trust in the banking system, wall street. seems like everyday you read a headline about something gone wrong nefarious behavior, hfsc, this week, $1.9 billion in a settlement. what has to be done in your estimation and what are you doing to change that perception? will that perception change? >> i am very proud of jpmorgan chase. we have 260,000 people. we do a great job for clients
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around the world. safe in the storm and help cities and hospitals survive. every now and then we make a mistake and have a bad person. no one at jpmorgan condones bad behavior. that doesn't mean it doesn't happen just like it happens in newspapers, government, congress, hell, i was in chicago and illinois for seven years at bank one and two of the governors there are in jail. it happens. you can't taint every institution the same eliminates you taint everyone in an institution because there's a bad apple. the press should be judging companies do they try to do the right thing, fix it when it happens, not just a bad company one bad person. then you feel that way about the military, ju military, judd dishry. i won't judge you that way because someone was a bad reporter at the "new york times" years ago and don't judge them
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because they have an unethical reporter. i don't brush them with the same brush. bad policy. walt h wall street has to earn back trust and i can't think of any other way to do it than to do it everyday. >> do you think the industry is predisposed to this, you think where we are post crisis and the way you think about the world and lessons learned? >> in some cases, yeah, i think there were some bad actors in the business, like i said, there are bad actors in every business. if we i hmade a list of any industry, i can go to every newspaper globally and show you bad actors and bad things they did. if you want to play that game, you don't like to write about yourselves a lot. we can play that game, few. i just don't think it taints everybody. i will never agree to that. you can argue all you want, i won't agree to that. >> you're in the midst of compensation, figure out
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everyone's bonuses for this year. a, what will they look like? >> we're not going to tell you what compensation will look lik like. [ applause ] >> we -- here again, the big picture, we for years, no change of control, no special parachutes, no special severance programs, a lot was paid to restrict stock a long period of time. we think long term not just one year. financial profits in one year are based on decisions made over 10 years. when we evaluate you, not just did you make profit, did you build systems? did you treat clients well? did you retain people? did you recruit? did you create new clients? do the right thing when you were under pressure? that's how we evaluate people long term. jpmorgan chase according to analyst estimates this year will have a record year. we had a record year last year and a record year the year before. we do a lot of good things for people. we're in a very competitive world and will pay people well
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competiti competitively. and i need to do that for my shareholders. the unions and company's performance. >> let me ask you a more philosophical question. how do you think about money? the reason i ask you, in this day and age, post crisis, there still seem toss bes to be remar sense of growing inequality and remarkable sense in some places about the type of compensation on wall street. when you were 9 years old, famously according to all the books, your father went around the table and asked everybody what they wanted to be. and i think you said, tell me if i'm wrong, i want to be rich. >> i was never -- money was never that important to me. i'm sure i said that at one point like every other kid said it. and i don't like the fact that we have an increase in inequality in the united states. you better be very careful if you say we're having that because i paid that penn
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improperly. every person has the right to say i want to be paid what i'm worth in the market. perfectly fair. there are a lot of reasons for inequality. ways to get at that. progressive taxation, changing things properly. the biggest inequality in the united states is inner city education. half the kids in inner schools do high school. many of those kids are minority. it's wrong. it's unfair. it kills opportunity. we all want an equitable society. what makes it equitable? you can do it the way cuba tried. okay. well, then it will be equitable but it won't be much. i don't see people saying i want inequity. we want to lift society up so everyone's better off. that does not mean people don't have to pay people what they're competitively worth. if you don't want a free society, then start dictating what compensation can be. >> this conference is called opportunities for tomorrow. i want to get your sense in terms of where you think, in
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this country at least, and maybe globally, the next rate opportunity is, if you will. from an investing perspective. >> i've been around in asia and hong kong and japan recently and chile and brazil. you know what the most blinding thing is? you know who's got the best opportunity in the world? right here. best universities, best businesses, most innovation. in the universities we're sending, unfortunately, we're sending the very smart immigrants back home. we need to reform immigration. we have the widest, deepest, markets. the widest, deepest and most transparent market, in this whole mosaic, big companies that created this thing, this is the best place in the world to do business. not by divine right. it may not be that way in 30 years if we don't make the right decisions. if you could only invest in one place in the world, it would be
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here, still. that does not mean there are not huge opportunities elsewhere. we bank people around the world. you all have a lot of people up here smarter about the future of opportunities, about the things that happen in technology. but people say, technology, technology is going to -- is unbelievably good, strong and growing everywhere. from systems to processes to thinking it through, to globalization. someone told me at stanford university, you want to talk about the benefits of some of these technology, stanford university i think has like 400 -- mark will correct this when he comes out here -- 400 graduates every year in computer science, among the best in the world. they offered that class to 100,000 people not in stanford, and hundreds did better than the best dude in stanford from around the world. from iowa to mumbai. now, if that's true, and you can bring education to 100,000 people who can be smart as the
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people graduating from stanford, what will happen to society in the future? it will be unbelievable. technology is dark matter. it's touching everything all the time, and improving things and creating productivity. so i would be very bullish about the future as long as we have good public policy. good public policy. i can't mention all the countries we do business with, a lot of them, but i would mention north korea, cuba, venezuela, among others. that's what public policy can do if you're not intelligent. >> one public policy you've advocated for is immigration reform. >> yes. >> how would that change your business? >> i tell people, corporate taxes, our tax system is pushing capital at the margin overseas. now we're taking brains. i believe 40% of those who graduate with advanced degrees in the united states in science, technology, engineering, math, are foreign nationals. we used to welcome them with open arms. in fact, a lot of you are
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foreign nationals, or if you weren't, your parents were or your grandparents here. they were welcomed with open arms. life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. we're now telling most of those people you have to go back to your country. mark will tell you how they were able to create more jobs in silicon valley. we have to change that policy and let the best and brightest stay here if they want to stay here. the political issue is linking high school immigration with low skilled immigration and obviously, illegal immigration taking place. people say, it has to be a package deal. i don't know why. but we've got to get it done. it's not good for the united states to say, come here, learn from our best universities, learn from the best and the brightest and go home. it just isn't smart. >> you're talking about that philosophically for the country. are you lacking for talent? >> we are not.
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we have huge talent. i think we're going to hear more about the advanced scientific technology in engineering and math. it's not in financial services. >> where are you on energy in this country? >> where are we? >> where are you? in terms of fracking, in terms of things that -- and i've seen you've been financing. >> one of my directors, i want to say we don't have an energy policy, yes, we do, it's just a bad one. the united states has been one of the most profitable energy nation on this planet. we never put a rational energy policy that changed the cost of btu, gas taxes, however you want to do it fairly, it's hard to do fairly because people in north dakota use coal and people in maine use hydroelectric. but if you did raise it, you would have created a less volatile market and you would have created a huge market of energy. it's hard to put hundreds of billions into alternative
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energy, if oil would go back to 50. it is. you're just not going to get that kind of investment. we didn't have a great energy policy. we're importing 50%, 60% of oil from overseas, from places that want to kill us. and now, the lord looked down upon us and has given us another chance. let's use it. that chance is unbelievable. exxon, the united states, everyone says by 2025, we're going to be energy self-sufficient in coal -- i mean, oil and natural gas. that will make america more competitive. it will reduce the geopolitical pressure. reduce the deficit. the experts tell me that you can -- that fracking can be just -- it's been done, by the way, i'm told, for 30 years. it can be done safely and rationally. some of the deep wells in the gulf, and it's certainly safer than sending hundreds of thousands of kids overseas to fight wars. so this could be -- it's safer
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than what? like that oil pipeline would have been safe in the alternative. we need to have rational policy and do what's right for america. it can be done cleanly. >> would you prefer a carbon tax? >> i would be for eventually over time have a rational increase in something like a carbon tax, yes. >> what would that look like? >> by the way, we may not need it anymore. i don't want to get into policy like that. it's far more complicated than saying how you should do it. the real issue, i haven't looked at it for a long time, is regional. it costs a lot more to heat your home in michigan than it does in north dakota, because there's more coal in north dakota. hydroelectric is cheaper in maine. how do you do it that's fair to americans. you pay so much for energy and they pay a lot less elsewhere. how do you do it so it's fair. it's complex, but i think it can be done. >> housing policy. this is a piece of potentially a grand bargain. if we reduce the mortgage
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deduction, what happens? >> well, you say reduce it. first of all, i think it's already limited to $1 million, there's a cap on what you can deduct. it depends on how they do it. they can do it as a percentage of your adjusted gross income or size of the mortgage. i'll leave that to someone else to figure it out. >> it would impact your business, though? >> yeah. again, i'm not worried about jpmorgan. i'm not going to sit here and say do what's wrong for the country because it's good for jpmorgan. jpmorgan is going to do fine if the country does fine. so let them figure it out and do something. >> you have an arm of lobbyists like any other institution in the country and they are arguing on behalf of your firm. >> so you all know, the banks of the lobbyists, there are 7,000 lobbying organizations in washington. so i believe the financial companies are 35 of them. every union, every teacher, every state, you know, every age group, that is democracy, folks.
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so to act like that's -- that is what a democracy is. you have the right -- it's in the first amendment of the bill of rights. freedom of speech, ability to petition your government. i always find it a little offensive when the banks say the banks shouldn't be allowed to petition the government. if you ask me what it means for our mortgage business, i can tell you. we'll be fine. i'm not worried about that. we want the united states government, president, congress, to have rational policy. they know what all the pieces are. let them figure out which politically feasible pieces are, jpmorgan will be fine. market credible doesn't mean that banks think it's credible, it means when you all wake up in the morning and they talk about it, that the people who analyze it in the press, say, this is

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